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Kendra Kassebaum


Actress who all appeared in Broadway productions of Lease, Leap of Beliefs, Assassins, and Wicked. She received her Bachelor of Great Arts level in Performing Arts from Missouri Condition School. In 2006, she was nominated for the Helen Hayes Prize for a local creation of Wicked. She was created in St. Louis, Missouri to Dave and Susie Kassebaum. She performed alongside Stephanie J. Stop in Wicked.

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Date Of Birth May 12, 1973
Place Of Birth St. Louis, MO
Profession Stage Actress
Education Missouri State University
Nationality American
Parents Dave Kassebaum, Susie Kassebaum
Siblings Nicholas Kassebaum
Nominations Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production, Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical — Hayes Production
Movies The Other Woman
Star Sign Taurus

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1Playing Lorraine in The Receptionist. [December 2007]
2Kendra is playing Glinda in the national tour of Wicked. [January 2006]
3When Kendra played Glinda in the touring production of Wicked, it was her first time singing soprano because she is usually an alto.
4Originally hired to cover Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda in Wicked on Broadway, but instead she chose to be in the revival of Assassins.



The Other Woman2009Sharlese



Simply Red: Backstage at 'Annie' with Lilla Crawford2013TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2005TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest

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1[on Wicked's popularity] I think it's universal with humans that sometimes you just don't quite fit into the mold of what people or society wants you to be. I think anytime you see an underdog, you want to root for that person. And I think that's why it's huge with a lot of young women.
2[Talking of her experience in Assassins] "That was probably one of the highlights of my career, coming to work and seeing Stephen Sondheim standing there. It was such a small, intimate gig. You felt like you were doing something really important, especially during the time of the election. You felt like you were part of something a little bit bigger, contributing something. That's the best way I can explain it. It didn't seem like a commercial musical theater moment. It felt more artistic."
3I was finding that I would get obsessed in the beginning of the tour. I was doing these 40-minute warm-ups, just giving myself a workout, and I came across a wonderful speech pathologist in Chicago, and she was like, "Kendra, just warm it up a little. Save it for the stage." Mentally, I always thought that singers spent all this time warming up, and some of them do because it's what they have to do, but I found for me, I just have to check if everything's there and then just go out and do it.
4[on doing eight shows a week on the Wicked National Tour] "It definitely is a challenge because I came to Glinda through more of an acting standpoint. I never really trained to be an opera singer or anything like that, so that's been definitely a challenge. But right now I'm at the point where I feel really good in the tour. I'm having fun. I'm not having to think about the singing technique. Now it's fun
  • six months into it."

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